Robo-Mate increases a person’s ability to 10 times, that is, to raise a weight of 10 kg a person enough to make an effort equal to 1 kg. The special design of the module ensures the unloading of the spine, completely eliminating the twisting and erasing of intervertebral discs.
In turn, the modules that support the legs, or rather, the inner surface of the hips, mimic the squat seat, which also significantly reduces the load.
Robo-Mate is a joint project of 12 European research institutes from 7 countries, headed by Carmen Constantinescu. The project cost is 3 million euros. The work has been going on for more than two years and should be completed by the end of 2016. Dr. Leonard O’Salivan, a specialist in ergonomics and design at the University of Limerick (Ireland), proudly noted:
“We want to further improve robotic systems that facilitate the daily physical labor of workers and preserve their health.”